We can thank Herodotus and Callimachus, ancient Greek historians, for the concept of the 7 wonders of the world. They compiled lists of both natural and manmade wonders that inspired awe and delight for the civilizations that lived in the Mediterranean region. Though here in 21st century Colorado you’d be hard pressed to find colossal statues of Zeus and structures of the scale of the Great Pyramid of Giza, we do have at least 7 wonders of Colorado that stick out as particularly special and unique.
From Colorado’s rolling plains to its snowcapped peaks, meadows of wildflowers to desert moonscapes, the Centennial State is full of places to explore. We guarantee that a visit to any of these destinations will be unforgettable. Which destinations would you add to this list of the 7 wonders of Colorado? Send us your ideas for our Adventure Lists at email@example.com so that we can feature your favorite destination!
1. Garden of the Gods
This aptly named nature center located in Colorado Springs is a natural red rock phenomenon. It was named a national natural landmark in 1971 and attracts thousands of visitors every year, including over 130 species of birds.
2. Great Sand Dunes National Park
In southern Colorado, a desert hides between the mountains. Over the course of approximately 130,000 years, wind blew sand and sediment into the valley, forming the dunes that you can visit today. 77 animal species live on the 44,000 acres of this sandy landscape. If you go, rent a sandboard and cruise down the dunes!
3. Maroon Bells
More than 300,000 people visit the Maroon Bells near Aspen, Colorado every year. Let’s assume that every visitor takes three photos: a landscape shot, a selfie, and a portrait with family and friends. That’s almost 1 million photos of the Maroon Bells per year! That many photos alone is enough to make this stunning destination one wonder of Colorado.
4. Picketwire Canyonlands
At the bottom of Picketwire Canyon lies the Purgatoire River tracksite, the most extensive dinosaur tracksite in North America. A 10.6-mile round trip hike will take you deep into the Comanche National Grasslands, past an early Spanish mission, and to the track site. Bring water!
5. Mesa Verde National Park
The Ancestral Puebloan peoples of the Four Corners region left behind incredible monuments to their civilization. Scramble over cliffs, up and down ladders, and through ancient byways to experience one of the most important cultural monuments in the United States.
6. Royal Gorge
The Arkansas River rushes through the base of this breathtaking canyon. Viewing options include an adrenaline-inducing zipline, rafting on the river, and walking across the Royal Gorge Bridge, one of the highest bridges in the world.
7. Wheeler Geologic Area
Eroded layers of volcanic ash make up the spires of this otherworldy landscape. The Wheeler Geologic Area was actually Colorado’s first national monument established in 1908. It lost its title in 1950 when it became a protected area of the La Garita Wilderness Area. Start your visit to this incredible place from Creede, Colorado.
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